Slow performance on Windows 2012 R2 file server (virtual)


I've recently set up a 2012 R2 server. I've migrated one share from our older 2003 server.

This is a virtualised (VMWare) server, as was the older one.

I've assigned it 2 vCPUs and 6Gb of memory. I would have thought this was plenty if it's just a file server, ie no other roles.

Our IT department have a mapped drive to this share, and often we get the green progress bar if we try to access it.

Is there anything I can do to optimize the performance of the server?

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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
have you install vmware services on that VM ?

check transfer rate first, copy something from/to server and check the copying throughput (MBps).
if the network is on 100mbps so the rate must be upto 12 mega bytes per second.

you can add windows search feature to build index for file and folder, it increases performance .
Just assign it the default vCPU's, not specifically 2. As mentioned above, also make sure you have installed the VMware Tools within the VM. Try another virtual NIC than the one you have chosen. What type of RAID arrays are you using for the VM, and are other VM's on the same arrays and running at the same time?

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ITUCIRLAuthor Commented:
We added more virtual memory, and the issue seems to be gone for now.

Thanks for your help Experts.
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